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US election: Georgia says almost completely, Biden victory likely


Georgia election officials are expected to complete their handcounting of election results by Wednesday after the differences uncovered so far are not expected to make a difference in the race.

The state's implementation manager for voting systems said there was only 300,000 ballots to count on Tuesday, CNN reported.

According to election officials, most of the recounted results were "just right" with the original results.

Democrat Joe Biden's lead is expected to be 13,000 votes. His current lead is 14,000.

The general outlook came when a second Georgia county uncovered a plethora of votes not previously included in the election results but not changing the overall presidential race result, the secretary of state said Tuesday.

Georgian Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger speaks during a press conference in Atlanta on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. Georgia election officials have announced an audit of the presidential election results that will trigger a full recount. The hand count is expected to be completed on Wednesday

Fayette County couldn't get 2,755 votes on a single memory card, said Gabriel Sterling, a top official in the secretary of state. That doesn't change the overall result of the race in which Democrat Joe Biden leads Republican President Donald Trump.

The breakdown of uncounted ballots was 1,577 for Trump, 1,128 for Biden, 43 for the libertarian Jo Jorgensen and seven enrollments, Sterling said.

The hand-counting of votes in the President's race is part of a statutory test to ensure that the new voting machines have accurately counted the votes.

Election officials said Monday Floyd County found more than 2,500 ballot papers that had not previously been scanned.

Gwinnett County election workers process ballots as part of the 2020 presidential recount at the Beauty P. Baldwin Voter Registration and Election building on November 16, 2020 in Lawrenceville, Georgia

Gwinnett County election workers process ballots as part of the 2020 presidential recount at the Beauty P. Baldwin Voter Registration and Election building on November 16, 2020 in Lawrenceville, Georgia

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to continue to lead President Trump in Georgia with 13,000 votes

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to continue to lead President Trump in Georgia with 13,000 votes

President Trump is suing multiple states, claiming the election was "rigged" with no evidence

President Trump is suing multiple states, claiming the election was "rigged" with no evidence to show

Both counties will have to recertify their results, and the Trump-Biden gap will be around 13,000 votes, if those previously unrecounted votes are factored in, Sterling said.

Also on Tuesday, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced that a random inspection of a sample of the new voting machines in Georgia revealed no evidence of hacking or tampering.

Raffensperger asked Pro V&V, an Alabama-based test lab, to conduct the audit last week, its office said in a press release. The company "found no evidence that the machines had been tampered with."

"We are happy, but not surprised, that the examination of the state voting machines was an unqualified success," said Raffensperger in the press release.

The new voting system, which the state bought from Dominion Voting Systems last year for more than $ 100 million, includes touchscreen voting machines that print ballot papers that are read by scanners and tabulated.

The test was performed on a random sample of voting machines from Cobb, Douglas, Floyd, Morgan, Paulding and Spalding counties. Devices tested included touchscreen voting machines, district scanners, and postal voting scanners.

The company took the software and firmware out of the device to verify that it was the only software and firmware that the Secretary of State had certified for use.

Pro V&V is a voting system test laboratory certified by the US Election Support Commission that sets voluntary guidelines for election management and certification.

This equipment test was separate from a presidential race test that the county electoral officials are currently completing. A race inspection is required by law to ensure that the new voting machines have accurately counted votes, not because of suspected problems.

It was up to Raffensperger to choose the race to be tested, and he said the President's race made the most sense because of its importance and the narrow scope between candidates. Because of this small margin, Raffensperger said that a full hand count was necessary.

Election officials in the state's 159 counties have until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday to finish the hand count. The state certification period ends on Friday.

The Secretary of State originally said the handcount results would be certified. But Gabriel Sterling, a top official at the agency, said Tuesday that the state would instead certify the counties certified results.